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Kabul arrests two Britons suspected of security risk

Kabul arrests two Britons suspected of security risk

Two British nationals have been arrested in Afghanistan for posing a threat to national security, Afghan officials said yesterday.
One of the officials said the pair were suspected of helping Taliban militants with weapons and money, but this was not confirmed separately.
"They are British and were arrested five days ago," a government official who asked not to be identified told Agence France-Presse, after President Hamid Karzai's spokesman said two foreigners had been detained.
Another official confirmed they were British nationals. The British embassy said it was aware of the report and was following up with Afghan authorities.
Britain is one of the main countries helping war-torn Afghanistan get back on its feet after the ouster of the Taliban, who were toppled from government in a U.S.-led invasion after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Thousands of Britons work with either the NATO-led military force here or in the scores of government and non-government institutions also on the ground in Afghanistan, and it was not known who the pair worked for.
A senior official said on condition of anonymity that the pair were "high-ranking European officials."
"They, with support from their Afghan colleagues, had done things contrary to their jobs and had posed a threat to the national security of Afghanistan," the official told AFP.
The foreign nationals would be expelled and their Afghan colleagues would go through a judicial process, he said.
Karzai's chief spokesman Homayun Hamidzada referred to the pair in a news conference as "foreign officials." He declined to say what they were alleged to have done.
The Afghanistan foreign ministry confirmed there had been arrests but said it would not immediately release details.


Updated : 2020-12-05 05:26 GMT+08:00